Voting ends peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir

November 23rd, 2008 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar/Jammu, Nov 23 (IANS) Voting ended peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir for the second round of the seven-phase assembly elections Sunday with a large number of people exercising their franchise despite a call for boycott by Muslim separatists.Polling started at 8 a.m. amid tight security in six constituencies spread over the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region. The voting for the 87 constituencies is being held in seven phases over a month.

The tentative poll percentage at the end of the voting at 4 p.m. in the valley’s Ganderbal constituency was 45 and in Kangan it was 55.

The total number of voters in the two constituencies was 137,560 and there were 22 candidates in the fray.

A total of 142 polling stations were set up in the Ganderbal district out of which 79 have been set up for Ganderbal and 63 for Kangan constituency.

In Jammu region’s Kalakot, Rajouri, Nowshera and Darhal, the officials said, the tentative figure at the time when voting closed was more than 60 percent.

There were 353,457 voters in the four constituencies of Rajouri district’s difficult mountainous terrain.

In all, 454 polling stations were set up. Poonch Deputy Commissioner Rafiq Khan said 96 of the balloting stations were marked as hyper sensitive and 181 sensitive.

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